National Soccer League

NSL reaches halfway mark

Toti City FC has proven unbeatable so far with seven straight wins to put them on 21 competition points.

Besta PNG United FC’s loss over the weekend saw them slip down to fourth spot, allowing FC Morobe Wawens to take third place on the ladder.

Buang FC bring up the rear, having yet to get points on the board.

Round nine matches this Saturday will be played in Port Moresby, Lae as well as in Madang. Southern Strikers FC will be on a bye.

The finals are scheduled for the first weekend of May, with the grand final to be played the following weekend.

Wins to Toti City, Wawens & Besta

In Port Moresby at the PNG Football Stadium, FC Morobe Wawens managed a 1-0 win over FC Momase.

The match winner came in the second half off the boot of Moses Kamakeng.

At the Sir Ignatius Kilage Stadium in Lae, giants Toti City FC def. Southern Strikers FC 3-0 while in the second match, Besta PNG United FC def. Madang FC 2-0.

Toti City sitting comfortably on top

The Peter Gunemba coached side notched up their sixth consecutive win this season over FC Momase to bring them up to 18 points.

Madang FC sits second on the ladder while FC Morobe Wawens continues to hold strong to third spot.

In fourth is Besta PNG United FC who are only ahead of FC Momase by one competition point.

Fifth placed Southern Strikers FC have shown much promise, whereas the struggling Buang FC are yet to register points this season.

Round eight matches will again be played in Port Moresby and Lae this Saturday.

The current standings: 

Toti City depart for OFC League

The lads from Lae are in the same pool alongside Tupapa Maraerenga FC from Cook Islands, Vanuatu’s Nalkutan FC and Ba FC from Fiji.

Toti City will kick off their campaign against Tupapa Maraerenga FC at Korman Stadium on February 10.

PNG’s other team that will take part in the Champions League, Madang FC, have been slotted into Pool C.

Pool C matches will be played at The Trusts Arena, New Zealand, in March.

The winners of the 2018 OFC Champions League will qualify as the OFC representative at the 2018 FIFA Club World Cup in the United Arab Emirates.

Pom NSL match to go ahead

“The National Sports Trust Limited has come to an agreement with the National Soccer League for the usage of the venue,” said the NSL.

In the other round two fixtures: Toti City FC will take on Buang FC at the Sir Ignatius Kilage Stadium in Lae and Madang FC play Southern Strikers FC at Laiwaden Oval, Madang.

Both matches will also kick off at 3pm today.

FC Morobe Wawens have the bye this weekend. 

Wins to Madang, Toti City in round one

At Laiwaden Oval, hosts Madang FC came back to beat newcomers FC Morobe Wawens 3-1 while at the Sir Ignatius Kilage Stadium in Lae, Toti City FC held on to scrape past Besta PNG United FC 3-2.

The scheduled match between Southern Strikers FC and FC Momase never eventuated after a ban on the use of venues due to non-payment.

Photo credit: PNGFA 

Dates set for NSL semi-final, grand final

The semi-final will played this month on Wednesday, 16 August, while the grand-final will be staged three days later on Saturday, 19 August.

PNGFA Senior Vice President, John Wesley Gonjuan, said both matches will be played in Lae at the PNGFA Academy.

He added if the rain affects the field of play in Lae, then the finals will be moved to Madang.

Gonjuan apologised for the delay of the playoffs, saying the continuous rains in Lae plus election related issues spilling over to Lae and Madang were the reasons.

“Players’ safety is important,” said Gonjuan.

NSL semi-finals to be played in Madang

This was confirmed by NSL competition manager, Simon Koima.

The semi-finals will see first play fourth and second play third. The winners will advance to the grand-final.

The top four:

Lae City Dwellers (28), Madang FC (19), Huawei PS United FC (16), Besta PNG United FC (11),

12:30pm will see the undefeated Lae City Dwellers FC take on Besta PNG United FC. Later at 3pm, Madang FC will clash with Huawei PS United FC.

The NSL grand final will be played in Port Moresby next weekend. 

Dwellers, Madang qualify for OFC Champions League

It was double the celebration for the undefeated Dwellers, who secured the minor premiership in the National Soccer League competition to automatically qualify for next year’s Champions League challenge.

Chasing behind are Madang FC, who also secured a spot at the Champions League.

The current standings:

Lae City Dwellers (28), Madang FC (19), Huawei PS United FC (16), Besta PNG United FC (11), Buang FC (8), Vitis Yamaros FC (1).

Competition Manager, Simon Koima, said finals for the NSL will be played next month. 

Dwellers the team to beat

After the completion of game nine of round two over the weekend, Dwellers are sitting comfortably on top of the competition points ladder on 22 points from seven wins and one draw.

The Lae boys have scored 33 goals this season and only conceded five with a goal difference of 28.

The current standings:

Lae City Dwellers FC (22), Huawei PS United FC (16), Madang FC (16), Besta PNG United FC (10), Buang FC (7), Vitis Yamaros FC (1).

Games this Saturday will be played in Madang.